Virulence and competitiveness: testing the relationship during inter- and intraspecific mixed infections.

@article{Staves2010VirulenceAC,
  title={Virulence and competitiveness: testing the relationship during inter- and intraspecific mixed infections.},
  author={Peter A Staves and Robert J Knell},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2010},
  volume={64 9},
  pages={2643-52}
}
Understanding the reasons why different parasites cause different degrees of harm to their hosts is an important objective in evolutionary biology. One group of models predicts that if hosts are infected with more than one strain or species of parasite, then competition between the parasites will select for higher virulence. While this idea makes intuitive sense, empirical data to support it are rare and equivocal. We investigated the relationship between fitness and virulence during both inter… CONTINUE READING
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